7th Week – Free Bodleian iSkills Online Sessions

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

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Open Access: UKRI Policy briefing (Mon 22 Nov 15:00-16:00)

UKRI funded and need to know how to comply from 1st April 2022?  In this focused online briefing we will step you through the changes and new requirements, provide links to further UKRI information and guidance, let you know where to find help at Oxford and answer as many questions as we can.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

Referencing: Zotero (Wed 24 Nov 14.00-15.00)

An online introduction to Zotero, a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and staff needing to manage references and create bibliographies.

iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Wed 24 Nov 15:00-16:30)

The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of archival material covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and other Bodleian Libraries’ readers considering using modern papers and archives in social science or historical research.

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening? (Monthly briefings – next one Thu 25 Nov 11:00-12:00)

An online briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies. Will cover Gold and Green routes and Article Processing Charges; University policy for the Open Access block grants including RCUK/UKRI and Wellcome Trust.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians

iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (Fri 26 Nov 10:00-12:00)

Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. Topics to be covered will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; producing a data management plan; institutional, funder and publisher requirements; issues around preserving data and cybersecurity; ORA-Data, Github and other preservation services.

Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff

iSkills: Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences (Fri 26 Nov 14:00-15:30)

Get ready to undertake your literature review using your own research questions to build a successful search and apply it to a range of library resources. We will show you how to build a successful search strategy; use a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences; work effectively with large result sets; source highly cited papers relevant to your research; and set up alerts for newly-published papers on your topic.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students and research staff in the Social Sciences

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